Dr. Noemi Rook

Ruhr University Bochum
Faculty of Psychology
Department of Biopsychology
D-44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: IB 6-103
Phone: +49 234 32 28176
Fax: +49 234 32 14377



  • Tract Tracing
  • Viral gene transfer
  • Histology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Optogenetics
  • Microscopy

  • Comparative analysis of neuronal foundations of higher cognition
  • Action selection and action control
  • Anatomy, physiology and function of the avian hippocampus 

  • Empirical-experimental internship/neuroanatomy and histology (since 2016)
  • Supervisor of neuroanatomy seminar "The Painting and Crafts Workshop of the human brain" (since 2021, summer term)

Publication List


  • Rook, N., Stacho, M., Schwarz, A., Bingman, V. P., & Güntürkün, O. (2023). Neuronal circuits within the homing pigeon hippocampal formation. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 531(7), 790-813


  • Kobylkov, D., Musielak, I., Haase, K., Rook, N., von Eugen, K., Dedek, K., Güntürkün, O., Mouritsen, H., & Heyers, D. (2022). Morphology of the “prefrontal” nidopallium caudolaterale in the long-distance nightmigratory Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla). Neuroscience Letters, 789, 136869.


  • Rook, N., Tuff, J. M., Packheiser, J., Güntürkün, O., & Beste, C. (2021). A hierarchical processing unit for multi-component behavior in the avian brain. iScience, 103195.
  • Rook, N., Tuff, J. M., Isparta, S., Masseck, O. A., Herlitze, S., Güntürkün, O., & Pusch, R. (2021). AAV1 is the optimal viral vector for optogenetic experiments in pigeons (Columba livia). Communications Biology4(1), 1-16.
  • Packheiser, J., Berretz, G., Rook, N., Bahr, C., Schockenhoff, L., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2021). Investigating real-life emotions in romantic couples: a mobile EEG study. Scientific reports11(1), 1-12.


  • Billings, B. K., Bhagwandin, A., Patzke, N., Ngwenya, A., Rook, N., von Eugen, K., Tabrik, S., Güntürkün, O., & Manger, P. R. (2020). Nuclear organization and morphology of catecholaminergic neurons and certain pallial terminal networks in the brain of the Nile crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 109, 101851.
  • Stacho, M., Herold, C., Rook, N., Wagner, H., Axer, M., Amunts, K., & Güntürkün, O. (2020). A cortex-like canonical circuit in the avian forebrain. Science, 369(6511).
  • Rook, N., Letzner, S., Packheiser, J., Güntürkün, O., & Beste, C. (2020). Immediate early gene fingerprints of multi-component behaviour. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-13.


  • Packheiser, J.*, Rook, N.*, Dursun, Z., Mesenhöller, J., Wenglorz, A., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2019). Embracing your emotions: affective state impacts lateralisation of human embraces.Psychological research, 83(1), 26-36.


  • Ocklenburg, S., Packheiser, J., Schmitz, J., Rook, N., Güntürkün, O., Peterburs, J., & Grimshaw, G. M. (2018). Hugs and kisses–The role of motor preferences and emotional lateralization for hemispheric asymmetries in human social touch. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 95, 353-360.

*Equal contribution